BBC MUSIC’S TEN PIECES EXTENDED TO SECONDARY SCHOOLS

BBC Music has announced details of the second year of its classical music initiative Ten Pieces, extending the project to secondary schools with a new selection of music.

Introducing secondary school students to classical music, the new list includes Haydn’s Trumpet Concerto, Wagner’s Ride of the Valkyries and Bernstein’s Mambo.

The second year of the project builds on the success of Ten Pieces Primary – which has already engaged over 10,000 primary schools. The initiative aims to inspire a generation of children to get creative with classical music by using the pieces as a spring-board for creativity, as well as a range of online resources, UK-wide events and close collaboration with music and arts organisations.

The BBC Philharmonic will star in a brand new film featuring these Ten Pieces, in which schools can book free tickets via the website (bbc.co.uk/tenpieces) to attend at special screenings in cinemas across the UK in October 2015. Schools will also be able to attend live performances of the Ten Pieces across the country throughout the year, and access online resources to enable students to develop creative responses inspired by the music – either through dance, animation, performance poetry, composition or digital art.

Ten Pieces Ambassadors, including electronic band Clean Bandit, violinist Nicola Benedetti, cellist Julian Lloyd Webber and BBC Radio 6 Music presenter Cerys Matthews, will continue to work with the project across the country.

To find out more about the Ten Pieces story so far visit - http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p02htv3s

The Ten Pieces for Secondary Schools are:

J. S. Bach, orch. Stokowski - Toccata and Fugue in D minor, BWV 565

Bernstein - ‘Mambo’ from ‘West Side Story’

Bizet - ‘Habanera’ and ‘Toreador Song’ from ‘Carmen’

Anna Clyne - Night Ferry

Haydn - Trumpet Concerto (3rd movement)

Soloist: Alison Balsom

Gabriel Prokofiev - Concerto for Turntables and Orchestra (5th movement)

Shostakovich - Symphony No. 10 (2nd movement)

Vaughan Williams - The Lark Ascending

Soloist: Nicola Benedetti

Verdi - ‘Dies Irae’ and ‘Tuba Mirum’ from ‘Requiem’

Wagner - ‘Ride of the Valkyries’ from ‘Die Walküre’

[photograph: Peter Moore, by Kaupo Kikkas]

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